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Stranger Than Fiction Fall 2014 sneak preview! Q&A with director Ryan Murdock and film subject Louis Ortiz!
Free admission with purchase of a season pass to STF’s Fall 2014 eight-week tribute to DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus — click here to purchase
NYC PREMIERE. When Louis Ortiz shaved off his goatee one day in 2008, his life changed forever. He looked in the mirror and he didn’t see himself – a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx. He saw the face of change, of hope… of money. Bronx Obama tells the strange and improbable tale of a Barack Obama impersonator who tries to cash in on the “look of a lifetime” and chases a fevered American dream from opportunity to oblivion.
Filmmaker Ryan Murdock’s debut feature film has been in the making for nearly 3 years, as he intimately documented Mr. Ortiz’s transformation during Obama’s first term and the 2012 election season. Murdock has rolled out this story in multiple parts – first as a 36-minute radio piece for NPR’s This American Life, then as a short film for The New York Times. The 90-minute feature documentary reveals a host of new characters; a manager who pushes Louis hard to “become Obama,” a seasoned “Bill Clinton” who dispenses advice, and a hard-working “Mitt Romney” who bets it all on his newfound career. Murdock captures unexpectedly hilarious moments along this Twilight-Zone-esque campaign trail while delving deep into the question of what it means to be someone you’re not.
Author Alena Smith in person! DCP projection
For the release of the new comic novel, “Tween Hobo: Off the Rails,” author (and writer for The Newsroom) Alena Smith (@TweenHobo) will present one of the original tween hobos in Peter Bogdanovich’s PAPER MOON. After the screening, programmer and critic Miriam Bale will discuss the film’s place in the tween cultural tradition with Ms. Smith, followed by a book signing.
“In 1973’s Depression-set comedy, Tatum O’Neal gives a legendary performance as 9-year-old Addie Loggins, who may or may not be the daughter of con man Moses Pray, played by Tatum’s real-life father, Ryan O’Neal. Addie and Moze join forces and scam their way across America, on a road trip full of hillbillies, bootleggers, gold-diggers, and carnival barkers.” – Alena Smith
Screening as part of our “Time Regained: Cinema’s Present Perfect” series, this special all-day presentation includes all four features and one short starring the iconic Jean-Pierre Léaud as the filmmaker’s alter ego. Special “Antoine-a-thon” ticket available for admission to all Doinel films for $30 ($20 IFC Center members).
Filmmaker Hal Hartley and Fandor’s Ted Hope in person!
Twenty-one monologues, written by some of the nation’s most exciting playwrights (including Neil LaBute, Danny Hoch, Dan Dietz, Marcus Gardley, and more) form a sort of fractured portrait of the American collective psyche. Ranging from the sad to the hilarious, from the angry to the tentatively celebratory, many of the major and recurrent issues associated with our fraught but beloved union are reconsidered with elegance, wit, a sometimes brutal honesty, and a little outright insanity.
Originally commissioned by Center Stage (the State Theater of Maryland) filmmaker Hal Hartley set these widely varied subjects in one big rehearsal studio, making use of little but the actors themselves, a chair, the windows, and an upright piano.
A big room, twenty-one voices, and one kind of portrait of… US.
Discover The New York Times’s Op-Docs, short opinion documentaries reflecting a wide range of styles and subjects, from contemporary life to historical themes. Post-film discussion with “56 Ways of Saying I Don’t Remember” director Alan Berliner, “Love and Stuff” director Judith Helfand, “The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace” co-director Flora Lichtman, “Congo: The Road to Ruin” director Daniel McCabe, and “35 and Single” director Paula Schargorodsky, moderated by Jason Spingarn-Koff of The New York Times.
“November 22, 1963” directed by Errol Morris
“35 and Single” directed by Paula Schargorodsky
“56 Ways of Saying I Don’t Remember” directed by Alan Berliner
“Love and Stuff” directed by Judith Helfand
“Verbatim: What Is a Photocopier?” directed by Brett Weiner
“Subway Alarm” directed by Ken Webb
“The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace” directed by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck
“Congo: The Road to Ruin” directed by Daniel McCabe
Post-film discussion with director Adam Kahan, family members Dorthaan and Rory Kirk, and trombonist Steve Turre!
THE CASE OF THE THREE SIDED DREAM is the story of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who went from blind infant, to child prodigy, to adult visionary, political activist, and finally to paralyzed showman who toured and played music literally until the day he died. – SXSW
Screening as part of the
A special presentation of over 40 short short films (each under 3 minutes in length) from over a dozen countries in Europe, the U.S., Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The films are in black-and-white and color, animated and live-action, dramas and comedies, and represent a peek at some of the best emerging filmmaking talent in the world. The Tres Court program is screening in over 100 cities around the globe, and audience members will be given ballots to vote for their favorite films.
Click here for a complete lineup of the festival films.
THE PAST IS A GROTESQUE ANIMAL is a personal, accessible portrait of an artist – of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes – whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question – is this really worth it?
A seven-film sampler of new Gallic cinema, with comedies, thrillers and dramas starring such icons as Bérénice Bejo and Charlotte Rampling, along with an acclaimed documentary-like short that won a special mention at the Cannes Film Festival. Directors Adriano Valerio (37° 4 S) and Lauren Wolkstein (SOCIAL BUTTERFLY) in person for a post-screening discussion. Co-presented Unifrance Films.
THE END (dir. Didier Barcelo, 17 min.) Official selection: Berlin Film Festival. Charlotte Rampling is horrified to discover that there’s a new Charlotte Rampling.
ATLANTIC AVENUE (dir. Laure de Clermont, 13 min.) Official selection: Clermont-Ferrand. Brady Corbet (Simon Killer, Melancholia) is a hustler who takes on an unusual new client.
AUJOURD’HUI (dir. Nicolas Saada, 9 min.) An apocalyptic tale, starring Bérénice Bejo (The Artist, The Past) and American filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.
THE HOUNDS (Les Meutes, dir. Manuel Schapira, 15 min.) César nominee for Best Short Film. A house-warming party at a hip Paris apartment turns ugly.
THE LIZARDS (Les Lézards, dir. Vincent Mariette, 15 min.) Best short, City of Lights-City of Angels. In a Turkish bath, Leon (rising star Vincent Macaigne) sweats while he waits for a first date with a girl he met online.
SOCIAL BUTTERFLY (dir. Lauren Wolkstein, 14 min.) Official selection, Sundance, Palm Springs. An unexpected guest appears at Chloe’s eighteenth birthday. Director in person.
37° 4 S (dir. Adriano Valerio, 12 min.) Special mention, Cannes Film Festival. A portrait of two teenagers who live on the remote Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha, population 270. Director in person.